- There was tension in Akure, the Ondo state capital, over kingship tussle
- Kingmakers in Isolo community dethroned their monarch Oba Edward Adewole ahead of new yam festival in the community
- Princess Adebusola Abisoye Oluwatuyi, the Regent of the community, was asked to take over the stool
The palace squabbles in Isolo community, a chiefdom and vassal state to Akure kingdom in Akure south local government area of Ondo state, have taken a different dimension as the kingmakers prevented the monarch, Oba Edward Adewole, the Osolo of Isolo, from performing his traditional duties ahead of the new yam festival.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Akure, Oluwadamilare Moriyeke, reports tat this was a deafening blow to challenge the traditional authority of any monarch, who in line with the tradition, is the custodian of the culture and traditions of the people, especially during the fast approaching yam festival slated for September 15 and 16 in the state.
It was gathered that this was as a result of the cold war and running battles among the embattled monarch, Adewole, the kingmakers and the paramount ruler of the kingdom, Oba Aladelusi Adetoyinbo, the Deji of Akure, who was accused of imposing a monarch on the community.
The kingmakers directed the Regent of the community, Princess Adebusola Abisoye Oluwatuyi, who vacated the stool recently, to resume duty as the traditional head of Isolo community with a view to performing the necessary customs and traditions ahead of new yam festival. They claimed the throne was still vacant.
It was gathered that the palace rumble started since Adewole was elected as the Osolo-elect of Isolo in 2016 and some aggrieved persons pointed accusing fingers at the Deji for imposing him on the Isolo people.
This was not in any way different from the grievances from some Akure monarchs, especially in Akure north local government, who had opposed to the right of Oba Aladetoyinbo, poising stiff resistance to the powers of the Deji on his limitations over “consenting authority” to suspend the Asinigbo, Oba Samuel Elewuju, whose crisis with Deji started in September 2016.
The Asinigbo, strongly supported by the Akure north local government chieftaincy committee under the chairmanship of the Ogbolu of Ita-Ogbolu, Oba Idowu Faborode and the Oloba of Oba-Ile, Oba Joseph Oluwadare, made recourse to the 1984 chiefs law in Ondo state as amended in 1991 and the Land Use Act, asserting that the Deji was overstepping his bounds
According to the aggrieved monarchs, Oba Aladetoyinbo only has consenting authority over communities in his local government area, hence, his stance then to remove the centenarian, Oba Elewuju, was strange and contradictory to the laws of the land.
But the consenting authority had got a different interpretation and stiff resistance after the installation of Oba Adewole from the Ademodi Ruling House and Osalade Royal family on June 13, 2018 as the 17th Osolo since the demise of the last monarch, Oba Kayode Oluwatuyi, who reigned from 1979 to 2014.
Some notable kingmakers of Isolo kingdom, led by the Elemo and chairman, Isolo council of chiefs, Chief Ezekiel Adetoyinbo, who is also from the same ruling House with the new Osolo, kicked against his ascension to the throne, accusing the Deji of imposing the monarch on the people in contravention to their custom and traditions.
Adetoyinbo, in a petition to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, alongside other five other kingmakers, had argued that the installation of Oba Adewole contradicted a state government circular with reference number CD/C43/5 Vol XXII/349; and dated 27th April, 2018, accusing the Deji of stoking communal crisis.
According to them, the circular stipulates that appointment of minor chiefs should be suspended in the state pending the release of Government White paper. Suffice it on the argument, they submitted that the installation of new Osolo is an ultra vires and negation of the law.
The lawmakers, among whom were: High Chief Ebenezer Ogunjemilusi, the Sao of Isolo; High Chief Hezekiah Babatunde, the Olusunla of Isolo; Chief J Adidas, the Aruwajoye of Isolo; Chief A. Adeleke, the Obaseye of Isolo and Chief Akosile Fagite, the Agbaakin of Isolo; disclosed that paramountcy powers of the Deji was still being challenged at the Supreme Court.
In the petition to the governor, they stressed that “We the undersigned, being the kingmakers of Isolo Chieftaincy, to ourselves, for ourselves and the people of the ancient Isolo kingdom in the Akure south local government, do hereby seek the intervention of your good office to call to order the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi in his meddling in the affairs of Isolo through illegal appointment of minor chiefs.
“The Ondo state government and Deji of Akure are respondents in suit No: SC/267/2012 on the dispute between the Osolo of Isolo/Iralepo of Isinkan and the Deji of Akure on chieftaincy matters in the two communities.
“Processes pending at the apex court were served and received by the Deji and the state government. We are also aware of extant circular of the state government on the suspension of the appointment of minor chiefs."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, lamented the reported attack on Akure south local government workers by suspected herdsmen.
The monarch described the invasion as barbaric, provocative and an attempt to stir up trouble in the peaceful Akure community.
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